Best Yelas mugWhen a former FLW Tour and Bassmaster World Champion talks fishing for two hours, there is plenty to chew on. That’s the way I felt returning home from Anglers Marine last night after listening to Jay Yelas at the final FINS event in Santee.

But one item that got me thinking (and maybe several others who didn’t bother with Monday Night football in Charger-town) was Jay’s reference to the “swimming jig.”

Everybody has their own notion of what this is, (more…)


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sagging sackOkay, I’ve figured out the makers of utility boxes are never going to produce something especially useful, unless they can also sell it as a sewing kit or tool box.

We’re always going to have those 8 1/2 by 14 inchers where the trays only go lengthwise, with concessions that flimsy dividers might give us a few square inches of change.

But I sure think they could do better with the nylon satchels. (more…)


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ALWAYS UPDATING: Give me enough time and I will have a list of bass links like everyone else. These are especially significant to KramerGoneFishing.com. You may find them great fishing stops as well:

www.bassresource.com (Hard to reciprocate on all the career help from Glenn Mays)

www.sdfish.com (You can’t look south in SoCal without touching base with Kellen Ellis)

www.bassonline.com (Florida’s number 1 fishing website; it’s all here)

www.mikefolkestad.net (If he hadn’t won the US Open three times he wouldn’t be here)

www.westernbass.com (A leader on the “hit parade”)

www.ultimatebassradio.com (Kent Brown the voice of NorCal and other foreign soil)

www.ultimatebass.com (A busy place outside of Cali; nice folks)

www.thefishingmachine.net (A fun site with multi-media interviews with PAA pros)

www.bassfan.com (Makes it look like I know the Editor-in-Chief) (more…)


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Allowing for your busy weekend of fishing activities, I thought I’d at least add my reminder of FINS (Fishing Instruction Night School?) at Anglers Marine in Santee. Jay Yelas, he of high school in Santa Barbara, college at Oregon State, former Bassmasters Classic champion, and one of the most successful westerners in competitive bass fishing, will be the headliner. (more…)


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Carolina on my mindBest thing about not having a boat? You get to go with people who know their stuff.

This morning at Lake Perris I got my first chance to fish with Dave Schreck out of San Dimas and he called his shots like some kind of pool shark.

jumpin creature “Green or green pumpkin; there are rats on the dam hitting poppers, the bigger fish are at the far end, and the C-rig is getting the good ones.” That may not have been an exact quote, but it sums up why we passed the inlet (more…)


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better fish hereHey, it’s Monday, a holiday and nobody’s looking at the web much, but I got these shots from Brian Day in the OC from one of his recent trips.

It looks like I need to be heading in the direction of Lake Perris–and now it’s set up for Thursday–this time with Dave Schreck, another angler who has been sticking them. Dave, if you don’t know, has also been putting the hammer on some big Silverwood bass this year–but what the heck, I can only fish one lake at a time.

Word is there is a bit of a topwater bite (more…)


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Clunn glimmeringVoted the All-time Greatest Bass Angler by ESPN in 2004, Rick Clunn is still immersed in the sport that he once clearly dominated. No one else can claim four Bassmaster Classic world championships (and 32 qualifying appearances, including one 28-year, consecutive stretch), along with his two U.S. Open titles (both back when they were four-day battles without the shared weight.)

Rick Clunn mugYet, even now he remains a driven angler. And it would seem that facing the highest standards of competition is what keeps him out on the water. For that reason, I presume, he returned to Lake Mead this past week, knowing full well (more…)


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2003 US Open championTake the runner-up monkey off the back of Yuba City’s Gary Dobyns–he can add a U.S. Open title to his impressive tournament resume. He finished with 32.91 pounds to take home $50,000 in cash, and a Nitro/Mercury boat package.

Clifford Pirch, the 2007 Open champion made a run, but finished with a 3-pound deficit. After that it was Aaron Martens, Dr. Randy Estrada (former AAA) and from Ramona, the 2003 Open champ John Kerr (left in file photo from Lake Havasu). (more…)


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Showing how little we amateur biologists know about the nitrogen cycle and just about anything else we thought we remembered from back in the 8th grade, I just got the Oxygen Profile for Lake Elsinore for the week of Aug. 25-31. And it’s a good one.

I know it was hotter than a Bobby Flay grilled cheese this past week, (more…)


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Gary DobynsHaving built one of the biggest-ever leads going into the final day of a U.S. Open on Lake Mead, Gary Dobyns of Yuba City has an almost insurmountable lead after weighing in a combined 24.78 pounds. Dobyns, the all-time WON Bass money winner, has already accumulated the equivalent of three day’s of weight on Lake Mead (better than 8 pounds a crack) so that only some catastrophic event could keep him out of the winner’s circle.

Early posting saw Dobyns leading (more…)


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